Hello and a very warm welcome to the non award winning and non nominated sporting website Off The Bridle.
I am Neil Watson the chief site writer,editor and organiser of which events to go to, essentially this means if I peruse the racing,football and other sports fixtures on a Friday and decide where to go.
This blog will be covering predominantly horse racing with the preference for National Hunt but also to make it a bit different to other blogs I shall also be covering the odd football match in the North West Counties League’s and occasionally sports like athletics and rugby at national and local level.
Normally I can be found at almost all Haydock Saturday afternoon meetings as it’s my local course and only a small bus ride away,the first two days of Aintree’s Grand National meeting and many others during the year.
I don’t just focus on the big events though,I also like to cover events at Grassroots level as it is very important and essential to make sure they get good and better coverage to show the quality of talent coming through to a much bigger audience.
I am also the occasional matchday announcer at Leigh East RLFC and love doing that and i would love to have a bash at a higher level of the game so if you are from a north west based club and your regular one is indisposed one time then please contact me and I’d love to step in and be the voice of the stadium.
At time of writing I am currently 42 and while I have no qualifications (unless you class a cycling proficiency when I was 10!) apart from being able to last being in employment since 17 and not get found out for being professionally incompetent I am having a go at writing about sport.
Why spend £10k on a Uni course when you can educate yourself and just try and copy what others do but try and do it your own way eh!
I do hope you enjoy reading this and welcome any feedback good or bad but preferably good.
Neilwatson2007@googlemail.com is my email address should you wish to contact me about anything sport related
Over the past few years or so i have done racing previews and reviews of the major flat and national hunt meetings on the much missed Love Sport Radio which included doing a live preview from Aintree in 2019 for all three days of the Grand National Meeting and occasionally i make appearances on Drystone Radio and on North Derbyshire Radio too